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All About Fluoride

What is fluoride? It's important to remember that Fluoride is actually natural: it's an element that's found throughout the earth's crust and is present in food, soil, minerals and water sources. Here’s how fluoride works: The natural bacteria in our mouths feeds on sugar from the foods and drinks we consume, creating an acid that can destroy tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is primarily made of calcium in the form of hydroxyapatite. When weak acids are present in your mouth hydroxyapatite dissolves out of your teeth, leaving little holes. When this occurs, the fluoride in tap water and toothpaste chemically reacts with the calcium and replenishes the hydroxyl molecules with fluor, forming fluoro

Dental Emergencies

When an accident occurs it’s easy to panic—especially when teeth are involved. To help you feel more prepared in case of a dental emergency, here are some tips: If an adult (permanent) tooth is knocked-out, you must keep it wet. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If there is dirt or debris on the root, gently rinse the tooth under water and then seat the tooth in the socket. If you are unable to place the tooth back in your mouth, store it in milk and call your dentist immediately. If you crack a tooth—rinse with warm salt water and ice the area to keep swelling down. If you bite your tongue or lip, gently wash it with water. You may ice if necessary.

Cold & Flu Season: Caring for Your Mouth When You're Under the Weather

It's cold and flu season! With all the germs floating around we all know to wash our hands, cover our mouths and get plenty of rest--but sometimes our oral hygiene is lacking. Don't let this be you! Dental Hygiene It's important to continue brushing when you are sick. According to the CDC, the flu virus can survive for 72 hours on moist surfaces. If you have strep throat, be sure to replace your toothbrush 48 hours after being on antibiotics and again once you've recovered. You don't always need to toss your toothbrush after being sick, but when in doubt, it's better to start fresh. Use Sugar-Free Cough Drops Avoid sugary cough drops because they can cause cavities. Halls, Ricola and Equ

7 Bad Brushing Habits to Break This Year

January provides a time for self-reflection and your oral health is worth the consideration. Could you do better taking care of yourself? Check out these 7 bad brushing habits to break in 2017: 1. Keeping Your Toothbrush for Too Long Did you know toothbrushes and electric toothbrush heads only last 3-4 months? To help, make a mental note or write on your calendar (when the season changes) you need to change your manual toothbrush or electric brush head. Bristles that are frayed or faded are a clear sign to toss. 2. Not Brushing Long Enough You should be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Most people spend about 45 seconds brushing--don't let this be you! Set a timer or don'

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